Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Pop-Up Books

There are many places to go for inspiration such as a walk on the beach, the lobby of a hip, new hotel, or my current obsession; pinterest. But one of my favorite go-to spots whether I'm panic stricken over a looming deadline, or just want to kill a rainy afternoon is an architectural bookstore. Granted, I love all types of bookstores, but there's just something special about one devoted entirely to design books. So I was thrilled to learn about this pop up architecture bookstore in Manhattan, Van Alen Books.

I love technology as much as the next guy, but I find something sad about the potential for all books to go the way of the Kindle. Don't get me wrong, I love the ability to have your entire library on one device, but there just isn't a digital replacement for the act of flipping through a beautiful book filled with glossy design images.  So I'm in full support of this venue which aims to prove that print isn't dead. Although, they admit that it isn't what it used to be which is why this shop is part bookstore, part public forum.

LOT-EK was the firm that designed this eye-catching space on West 22nd Street. The look is in keeping with their gritty urban style. The main focal point of the space is bleacher-style seating made from recycled doors. To see their original concept images and learn more about their design, click here.

All photos are from the opening party last month and can be found in the Archidose Flickr stream.

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